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PHOTOS: California flooding, mudslides wash over 101 Freeway, I-5

It has been a stormy week across California with several El Niño-enhanced storms slamming the state, resulting in widespread flooding and road closures.

Southern California has been one of the areas hit the hardest by the train of storms storms with inches of rain falling in the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Diego.

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"Drainage systems have been unable to handle the deluge, forcing partial closures of roads and major interstates, including Interstate 5," AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.

"Mudslides, evacuations, power outages and even a couple of weak, short-lived tornadoes have also been reported over the past few days," Duff added.

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The weakened, scorched earth left behind after an active wildfire season in California has turned into a major issue across the state, making areas near the burn scars more susceptible to mudslides and debris flows.

The 101 Freeway in Ventura County was one of these areas as mud spewed across the highway from the burn scar left behind by last month's Solimar Fire.

The southbound lane is open for traffic, but as of Thursday morning, the northbound lane remained closed due the mud flow.

Mudslides dump onto California highway

Many other roads were closed across southern California as well due to the flooding, including Interstate 5 just north of Los Angeles.

Flooding and debris flows will begin to subside heading into the weekend as the heavy rain departs California, but additional rounds of lighter rain may continue to track across northern California into next week.

Flooding shuts down multiple lanes of 5 freeway in California